HHS Shipping 2.6 Million COVID Tests, Includes Share for Hospice

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is distributing 2.6 million COVID tests to companies that serve vulnerable populations including hospices, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and home health agencies.

“A very important component of this is to shield the elderly. Shielding the elderly has been and will continue to be a priority for the administration because they really bear the brunt of mortality and morbidity,” said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health at HHS. “On July 14, we announced that every single eligible nursing home would receive a point-of-care instrument and testing supplies. We have delivered on that promise; all 13,850 eligible nursing homes have received a total of 13,995 instruments and over 4.9 million rapid point of care tests.”

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